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Cocktails in the City

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Twenty bars, two floors of cocktail pop-ups, one incredible weekend… Cocktails in the City marries the city’s best bars with innovative brands to create some of the most creative cocktails in the world.

The UK’s leading cocktail festival is back to deliver a double header of cocktail creativity in Manchester. Perfect for aperitif aficionados and the cocktail curious, CitC invites guests to discover 20 of the city’s most exciting, exclusive and famous bars, the finest drinks and the most creative bartenders, all under one roof.

Held at a former music venue which once played host to Jimi Hendrix, Manchester’s New Century Hall will be transformed to deliver two decadent floors of only the most illustrious bars in pop-up form, for one unmissable weekend of cocktail discovery.

The annual sell-out event will see leading bars all within short sipping distance of each other, including the MCRhookup favourites; Flight Club, Arcane, Cottonopolis, Harvey Nichols and Science and Industry. The bars will be turning out in force to deliver showstopping cocktails, the latest innovations in taste and flavour, and one off signature serves, all in an attempt to win the hearts and votes of festival-goers, as they compete to be crowned best cocktail bar.

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As glamorous ballroom and industrial warehouse collide in this iconic venue, guests will be taken on a tour of cocktail evolution across two floors, as the city’s most talented bartenders serve up cocktails throughout the ages. Drawing from the four distinct eras of cocktail development, bars will be taking inspiration from either the decadent Belle Epoque period of the late 1800’s, the speakeasy cocktails of prohibition, retro and disco drinks of the 1960’s to 80’s and finishing with very modern and futuristic style concoctions.

“After an incredible turn out in 2017 we are excited to be moving to one of Manchester’s most iconic venues featuring two floors of very differing personalities. From ballroom to warehouse in just a few short steps this will be an event unlike any other we have hosted before” Andrew Scutts, Founder

Guests will also be able to enjoy a new immersive drinks experience at CitC. The Tasting Rooms is a 30 minute intimate series of tasting sessions with three craft producers in a private setting. Additional experiences include an interactive Espresso Martini masterclasses with Tia Maria and The Coffee Project, and foraged cocktails with The Botanist Gin.

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Enjoy The Alchemist – The Anthologist Bar – Arcane – Cottonopolis – Fika – The Fitzgerald – Grafene – Guilty By Association – Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie – Hula – The Liars Club – The Loft – Lost in Tokyo – Revolución De Cuba – School for Scandal – Science and Industry – Tast – Tattu – Vesper Bar – Wood and Co. plus more TBA

W H E N ?  Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd November

W H E R E ?  New Century Hall, Mayes St, Manchester M60 4ES